Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00In recognition of the dedication of school board members throughout New York State, boards of education are being honored during the annual School Board Recognition Week (this year held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1), as declared by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. More than 700 school boards statewide are being commended for their devoted service to children. In his official proclamation, Governor Cuomo wrote, “The men and women serving as members of school boards are dedicated to children, learning, and community, and devote many hours of service to elementary and secondary public education as they continually strive for improvement, excellence, and progress in education.”
In the 1790s and early 1800s, New York State passed laws establishing school districts and empowering its citizens to elect school boards. Great Neck established its first board of education in 1894 and it has continued as a proud institution.
A Great Neck Public Schools tradition of honoring its school board during this week has grown to include a presentation by students. At the Oct. 21 Board of Education meeting, elementary school students presented a medley of songs to President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross, and Trustees Monique Bloom and Susan Healey. (Trustee Donald Ashkenase was unable to attend the meeting.) Ms. Berkowitz was moved to “tears of joy” after hearing “Welcome to Our School” and “Thank You,” sung by kindergartners and first-graders, and “You Raise Me Up” and “Look How Far We’ve Come,” sung by fifth-graders.
Sixty-five students participated in the joyful presentation. They included kindergarten students in Richelle Fishler class at Parkville School: Noah An, Amelia Brown Delinois, Adrien Dai, Johanna Foldi, Zachary Gilbreth, Christina Hui, Christian Kaczor, Nora Kelley, Madison Lee, Aaron Liu, Alam Mavani, Ethan Moy, Adrian Pribetic, Taylor Weber, Conrad Xu, and Chenglin (Eric) Zhou. Lakeville first-graders in Patricia Lovell’s class who sang were: Megan Chin-Lam Chan, Calvin Chang, Annabelle Chay, Joyce Chen, Ryan Chen, Simon Davydov, Boreum Kim, Dylan Kim, Amit Levy, Danielle Liang, Selena Lu, Amanda Luo, Joseph Milazzo, Vincent Ribando, John Roggendorf III, Shayaan Siddiqui, Kimberly Villatoro, Louis Wang, and Xinrui (Rebecca) Zhang. The other performers were fifth-graders from Baker, Kennedy, and Lakeville Schools. From Baker: Alexandra Delafraz, Danielle Gruber, Nyah Lamarre Blanc, Abigail Levy, Ryan Mah, Eitan Nazarieh, Adam Sanders, Anna Sardo, Molly Sherry, and Katherine Smolens. From Kennedy: Alexandra Ahdoot, Luca Arasheben, Daniel Choi, Ariela Hakimi, Luke Hakimian, Lauren Murphy, Shira Pirouzian, Ariella Sakhai, Isaac Turofsky, and Victoria Varkonyi. From Saddle Rock: Lily Becker, Hanna Eshaghoff, Jordana Lerner, Scott Levy, Albert Li, Dana Livian, Jacob Nissim, Ashley Schlusselberg, Gracie Tropp-Levy, and Hunter Waldman.
The performance was under the direction of Chad Lasky, Saddle Rock vocal music teacher. The singers were accompanied by recorded music and by Robert Pietromonaco, Lakeville vocal music teacher, on piano. The other vocal music teachers paramount to the event were: Robin Golub, Parkville; Cynthia Gorney, Baker; and Korey Terranova, Kennedy.
All Great Neck Public School Board of Education members are residents of the school district, elected by fellow residents in the annual school district election in May. Each serves a three-year unpaid term as trustee. The Board is responsible for legal issues, and for determining educational policy, supervising the administration of the schools, and levying taxes on properties to support school district operations.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.
To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.
The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also. Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”
Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”
Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.